Public Colleges Hide Identities of Donors Who Seek to Influence Students. Will COVID-19 Make It Worse?

The pandemic has presented universities a triple whammy: Reduced tax revenues slashing government support, online-only courses gutting dormitory and cafeteria revenues, and – with more students and families out of work – less ability to offset those losses with tuition increases.

FIJ grantee Miranda Spivack’s report, published in USA Today, details how the pandemic’s economic impact on universities could create more secrecy behind the donors who seek to influence students.